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Noreen Khan

BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson takes on BBC Asian Network presenter Noreen Khan to predict this weekend's FA Cup semi-finals and Premier League fixtures.

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Chris Coleman

Sunderland are relegated from the Championship after Burton Albion fight back to win 2-1 in a game of late drama.

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Muhamed Besic celebrates scoring for Middlesbrough against Derby

Middlesbrough take a big stride towards a Championship play-off place with a professional victory over Derby County.

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Gloucester celebrate a try

Gloucester reach their third European Challenge Cup final in four seasons with a four-try win over Premiership rivals Newcastle.

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Your Pictures: A Seaham or the Caribbean?

Seaham looked somewhat tropical this morning as the sun rose above the harbour.

The sun over Seaham
IAN MAGGIORE

Thank you to Ian Maggiore for capturing the "Caribbeanesque" scene, as he called it.

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Bobby Robson film set to be released

A film about former Newcastle United manager Sir Bobby Robson is to be released.

Bobby Robson: More than a Manager will cover the life and career of the icon, who died in 2009.

The documentary-style film will be screened at three different stadiums, including St James' Park, on 22 May.

Stars of the football world such as Alex Ferguson and Cristiano Ronaldo will appear in the film sharing their memories.

Sir Bobby Robson
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Street fundraisers restricted in Darlington

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Darlington Council is introducing new rules to clampdown on charity fundraisers on the streets.

The council says "enough is enough" and the so-called chuggers will be banned from parts of Darlington on specific days, following complaints from shoppers.

From next week, fundraisers will be restricted to Blackwellgate and Northgate and the number of workers will be restricted to two per location.

CCTV appeal after deaf man attacked

Police want to speak to this man after a deaf man was assaulted in Newcastle.

The 56-year-old victim was approached in the Todds Nook area of the West End on 1 February when a man asked him for money.

The victim explained he was deaf and could not understand what was being said. The attacker then pushed him in the chest before leaving in a vehicle.

CCTV appeal
Northumbria Police

Benitez wants to sort his future at Newcastle

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has been talking about his future with his side set to play Premier League football again next season.

“When I came, I could see the potential of this massive club and the passion of the fans," he says ahead of Monday's trip to Everton.

"After two successful seasons, I can feel this passion, the ambitions of the fans. My idea now is to sit down with the club and see if the club has these same ambitions.”

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez
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Aaron Harvey and Lee Khan

The gang set up betting accounts in the lottery winner's name and gambled £41,000 in 100 minutes.

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Sixth arrest at Dipton mine site protest

There's been a sixth arrest at a protest against a planned mine.

Mining firm Banks Group wants to extract 500,000 tonnes of coal from Pont Valley at Dipton, County Durham.

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Confirmed - Hundreds of jobs to go at Nissan

Hundreds of jobs are to be cut at Nissan's Sunderland plant, the BBC can confirm.

About 7,000 workers are employed at the Sunderland site which builds the Juke, Leaf and Qashqai models - many of which are diesel.

A statement said: "As previously communicated, we are transitioning to a new range of powertrains over the next year.

"As we make the operational changes required to support this, we will be managing a planned short-term reduction in powertrain supply and plant volumes at NMUK (Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK) in line with our 2018 Business Plan.

"We are now discussing these operational changes with our employees."

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Watch: Carrick tells of 'depression' over England

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick reveals he told the Football Association not to pick him any more after finding England duty "depressing".

The Wallsend-born player was speaking to Gabby Logan.

'Please don't pick me' - Carrick 'depressed' on England duty

Final protesters removed from mining site

Mark Denten

BBC Look North

The last of the protesters at a proposed open cast mine in County Durham have come down from a tree and been arrested.

Banks Mining have permission to mine half a million tonnes of coal at the site near Dipton.

Seven protesters were arrested in total

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BreakingMan arrested over Nikki Allan murder in 1992

A man was arrested on suspicion of murdering a seven-year-old girl who was found dead more than 25 years ago.

The body of Nikki Allan, who had been stabbed 37 times, was found in a then derelict building near her Sunderland home in October 1992.

The man has been released while investigations continue.

Nikki Allan
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Severe disruption: A167(M) Tyne And Wear southbound

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A167(M) Tyne And Wear southbound severe disruption, at A186 City Road.

A167(M) Tyne And Wear - One lane blocked and heavy traffic on A167(M) southbound at A186, Swanhouse Roundabout, because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

BreakingNissan 'to cut hundreds of jobs'

Nissan is to cut hundreds of jobs at its Sunderland plant as it tackles declining demand for diesel models, a source has told the Reuters news agency.

Nissan builds its Qashqai and Juke models at the site but sales in Britain, Europe's second-largest car market, have fallen 35% so far this year.

The BBC has not yet been able to confirm the jobs cut figure.

A statement from the firm said: "As previously communicated, we are transitioning to a new range of powertrains over the next year.

"As we make the operational changes required to support this, we will be managing a planned short-term reduction in powertrain supply and plant volumes.

"We are now discussing these operational changes with our employees."

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Pair who stole from Lottery winner jailed

Two men who were part of a gang that befriended and stole from a woman who won £1m on the Lottery have both been jailed for three years.

The men accessed the bank accounts and personal details of the disabled woman and used them to steal money from her.

They set up a number of different betting accounts in her name and gambled £41,000 in just 100 minutes.

They also paid off credit cards and bought shares, taking £62,000 from her over one weekend.

Aaron Harvey, 26, of Costa Street, and 32-year-old Lee Khan, of Leven Street, both in Middlesbrough, were both sentenced to three years at Teesside Crown Court.

Two other men will be sentenced at a later date.

Aaron Harvey and Lee Khan
Cleveland Police

This was not what we expected

Durham 91 (30.4 overs) v Kent

Adam Whitty

BBC Radio Kent

That was a session that went contrary to our expectations.

Kent turned up at the Riverside with their heads a little down having been pumped by Gloucestershire last week, but Durham were looking for a clean slate after points deductions ruined their last campaign.

Matt Henry
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Matt Henry finished with figures of 5-28

But it's Kent who have had the reboot, Matt Henry's superb spell leaving Durham in their wake.

His bowling partners Harry Podmore and Darren Stevens have joined him in bowling full and accurately as they turned Durham over for 91.

Durham were all at sea, and only just passed their lowest ever total againt Kent.

Protests continue over planned mine site

Protests against a planned mine are continuing as an eviction operation gets under way.

Mining firm Banks Group wants to extract 500,000 tonnes of coal from Pont Valley at Dipton, County Durham.

Dozens of protesters set up a camp outside the site, leading to about 50 police officers, as well as bailiffs, being brought in to move them yesterday.

Durham Police said five people have been arrested.

This man continues to refuse to come down from a tree.

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I'll have what the Kent bowlers are having

Durham 46-7 (19 overs) v Kent

Adam Whitty

BBC Radio Kent

Whatever breakfast Matt Henry had, I want some of it.

The Kent bowler has been magnificent, bowling full, accurate deliveries with plenty of pace to cause hell for the Durham top order.

Harry Podmore
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Harry Podmore (pictured) and Matt Henry have been on fire today

Having already waved goodbye to Aiden Markram and Will Smith, he has also seem the back of Gareth Harte, Paul Collingwood and Michael Richardson to give him a five-wicket haul within 10 overs.

Harry Podmore has also chipped in with two wickets, sending Stuart Poynter's off-stump close to the River Wear a few moments ago.

Could they be bowled out in a session?

Your pictures: A perfect sunrise

The sunrise at St Mary's Lighthouse looked absolutely beautiful this morning.

A perfect day to visit Whitley Bay, as the weather will remain sunny and warm.

Sunrise over Whitley Bay
MARK SWEENEY

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Normanby murder probe: Seventh man arrested

A seventh man has been arrested in connection with the alleged murder of Steven Willis in Normanby.

The 49-year-old was arrested yesterday evening on suspicion of assisting an offender and remains in custody.

Mr Willis' body was discovered at Meadowcroft Road at 22:30 on Monday.

Steve Willis
CLEVELAND POLICE

A 32-year-old man was also arrested yesterday on suspicion of assisting an offender, but he has now been released under investigation whilst enquiries continue.

Five men appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court yesterday charged with murder and two counts of wounding with intent.

'I love you' Metro ticket found in Newcastle

This ticket from 1982 was found at Newcastle's Monument yesterday by Vikki Scott.

Could you help us find its owner?

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Vikki Scott

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Thieves try to outrun police in tractor

Thieves who stole a tractor then tried to outrun police yesterday.

Officers followed the tractor to the Coast Road in Redcar, where the two people in it ditched it and made off on foot.

Both were soon arrested and are currently "sobering up" in Middlesbrough Custody Office, Cleveland Police said.

The tractor
CLEVELAND & DURHAM RPU

'Embrace life. Love as much as you can': The words mum Tracey Keers wrote for own funeral

The Gazette

Newspaper

“Embrace life. Love as much as you can. Don’t worry your life away, which I often did.”

Those are the poignant words of Tracey Keers, who heartbreakingly penned a letter to be read at her own funeral.

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THE GAZETTE
Chris Coleman

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman says Saturday's Championship visit of Burton could be their "last chance" to avoid the drop.

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More arrests at mine protest camp

Two more protesters have been arrested at the site of a proposed open cast mine in County Durham.

Banks Mining has planning permission to extract 500,000 tonnes of coal at Dipton near Consett.

But protesters have been on the site since March.

One protester in an underground tunnel was arrested in the early hours of the morning and a second just after 07:00 this morning.

Yesterday two women and one man were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

At least one protester remains on the site up a tree.

Camp
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Weather: Warm again today

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

What a magnificent day it was yesterday and there is more of the same today.

It's not going to be as warm as yesterday, but will still feel really pleasant in the sun.

Any early low cloud or mist will disperse to leave a fine day with plenty of sunshine.

Most places will have sunshine with only a gentle westerly breeze.

Check the forecast where you are here.

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Aimee Willmott returns to her local swimming pool after winning the 400m women's medley.
Sam Northeast has left Kent for Hampshire

With the 2018 county season finally here, keep up to date with the latest signings, departures and rumours.

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The Last Ship red carpet event raised £80,000

A red carpet event at the first Newcastle performance of Sting's The Last Ship raised more than £80,000 for charity.

The musical created by the Tyneside-born pop star came to Northern Stage last month.

Among those at the gala performance were Sting, Kaiser Chiefs' Ricky Wilson and Alan Shearer. The show was followed by a performance at the Wylam Brewery.

The money will go to the Graham Wylie Foundation, which helps underprivileged and vulnerable youngsters. There will also be a donation to Newcastle charity FACT - Fighting All Cancers Together.

Sting and Alan Shearer
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Mine protesters in underground tunnels

Protesters against a planned opencast mine in County Durham have barricaded themselves underground as an eviction operation gets under way.

Mining firm Banks Group wants to extract 500,000 tonnes of coal from Pont Valley at Dipton, near Consett.

Dipton protest
BBC

But dozens of protesters set up a camp on the verge of a main road outside the site, leading to police and bailiffs being brought in to move them.

Police confirmed a handful of people were in tunnels beneath the camp.

As well as those underground, other protesters have scaled trees and chained themselves to engineering equipment.

Durham Police said officers and council workers were trying to safely remove the protesters.

A spokesman for the protest group said there was a risk heavy earth moving machinery being brought in could cause the tunnels to collapse.

Dipton protest
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